Chapter 10. Robert Shaplen: A New York Time Reporter
Was Killed by Vietnamese Communist.
Episode 39. The supect death of Bop Shaplen: “Robert Shaplen …died of thyroid cancer!”
- The supect death of Bop Shaplen.
- Robert Shaplen became ill during a visit to Saigon in 1988.
“Before he became ill during a visit to Saigon in 1988 and was flown back to New York, where he died of thyroid cancer, Robert Shaplen was writing one last story out of Vietnam: an article on Pham Xuan An. ” (The Spy Who Loved Us, page 161)
Comment: “Before he became ill during a visit to Saigon in 1988 and was flown back to New York, where he died of thyroid cancer“
- The cause of death was not immediately determined.
“Mr. Shaplen’s family said the cause of death was not immediately determined. He fell ill on a recent trip to Southeast Asia and entered Sloan-Kettering three weeks ago for treatment of thyroid cancer. He had undergone treatment for another cancer several years ago.” (Văn bản 1.)
2.1 “the cause of death was not immediately determined. ”
2.2 “He fell ill on a recent trip to Southeast Asia and entered Sloan-Kettering three weeks ago for treatment of thyroid cancer.”
2.3 “He had undergone treatment for another cancer several years ago.”
- Only a month ago…still healthy!
“and the last trip of his life was to Vietnam only a month ago.” (Văn bản 1.)
The story Mr. Robert Shaplen death, was raised by me because in my suffering country of Vietnam, a make-up story has been spread out that due to a lot of Vietnamese Communist perfect spies, the war against the American (1954-1975) was won with the least cost of sufferings. This is because the Vietnamese Communists utilized their mind and capacity in using the most talented spies of the World, such as Pham Xuan An (a former reporter).
This is not true! (as proved).
But it still cheats numerous of American writers, as Larry Berman who wrote the “Perfect Spy X6”, and Thomas A. Bass (a reporter of New York Times), author of the book: “ The Spy Who Loved Us”.
- Bob died because of “thyroid cancer”?
In hoping that I could clarify the story of the Perfect Spy, I am in the process of investigating Pham Xuan An’s friends, and wandering why nobody discovered such a cheap make-up story.
I found Bob Shaplen. Initially, I found news about him in the following article (Please click on link at the end). I am regretted that he already passed away since 1988. The past is already passed. After a while, I feel uncomfortable, uneasy, therefore I decided to look back his case, why he died at the age of 71?
Why he died at the age of 71? This is not a fake age, especially he is an American. However, he was in good health and he went to Vietnam to do business a month before.
I suspected the death of Bob Shaplen and I decided to look further into his case. I found out that in the article there is a sentence: “Mr. Shaplen’s family said the cause of death was not immediately determined.”
Why the cause of death is “not immediately determined.”?
Bob died because of “thyroid cancer”?
Bob died because of “thyroid cancer”?
The medical records show that:
This kind of sickness is not popular in the US.
This sickness is not happened regularly to male adult.
This sickness is not happened regularly to senior people.
This sickness if occurred is usually detected at an earlier phase.
Mr. Shaplen usually has a scheduled check up.
This is an easily treated sickness.
This sickness could not lead to a sudden death.
And: By poisoning, when implemented: a person when returning to the US will die after a short period of time.
And, the most important is: There is a reason to kill him (Because he knew a big secret that is sealed.)
Where is the truth?
III. Documents used for research.
Robert Shaplen, 71, Writer for New Yorker, Dies
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
Published: May 16, 1988
Robert Shaplen, a correspondent and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine whose authoritative articles and books on Asia over many years made him one of the deans of American journalism, died yesterday at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. He was 71 years old and lived in Princeton, N.J.
Mr. Shaplen’s family said the cause of death was not immediately determined. He fell ill on a recent trip to Southeast Asia and entered Sloan-Kettering three weeks ago for treatment of thyroid cancer. He had undergone treatment for another cancer several years ago.
A tall, energetic man with bushy eyebrows and prominent features, Mr. Shaplen was an indefatigable correspondent, traveling widely to interview government leaders, economists and ordinary people for reflective and analytical articles that captured the complexity of Asia’s politics and the diversity of its peoples.
In a journalistic career that spanned five decades, Mr. Shaplen was a reporter for The New York Herald Tribune and an Asia correspondent for Newsweek, Fortune and Collier’s magazines. For the last 36 years, he had been on the staff of The New Yorker, and was the magazine’s Far East correspondent from 1962 to 1978.
He was the author of 10 books, including one novel and a volume of short stories, most of them about Asia. An Eye for Detail
From the battlefields of World War II, Korea and Vietnam to the jungles of Cambodia and Laos and the teeming byways of Hong Kong and Singapore, Mr. Shaplen covered a troubled and turbulent region of the world with what his colleagues called insight, an eye for detail and a sweep that spoke of his many years of experience.
Early in his career, he was a front-line correspondent. He plunged ashore with the Marines on Leyte in the Philippines in 1944 amid withering machine-gun and mortar fire. He flew over Nagasaki hours after it was devastated by the atomic bomb in August 1945 and wrote of ”looking over a volcano in the process of eruption.”
He was with Mao Zedong in the mountains of Yanan in 1946; reported on the rise and fall of Indonesia’s President Sukarno in the 1960’s; wrote strategic and battlefield pieces from Korea and Vietnam and, in 1973, provided a gripping firsthand account of the fall of Saigon as panic swept over the city of abandoned refugees.
In Vietnam, Mr. Shaplen’s reporting was less critical of the American involvement than that of some of his colleagues during much of the war, though he, too, eventually became a harsh critic of the United States’ participation. Account of Vietnam Journey
But some colleagues who were critical of his moderate perspective were unaware that he had been reporting from Indochina for 20 years before they got there, and he was still there more than a decade later, long after they were gone. His last book, ”Bitter Victory,” published by Harper & Row in 1986, was an account of his 1984 journey to Vietnam and Cambodia, and the last trip of his life was to Vietnam only a month ago.
Young reporters who went to Asia found a call on Bob Shaplen almost as mandatory as clearing customs. From the lofty veranda of the Repulse Hotel in Hong Kong, with the lights of yachts and junks twinkling on the harbor below, one reporter recalled that ”the intensity of his absorption with Asia came through in every sentence.”
Editors and reviewers who assayed his work said Mr. Shaplen caught the texture, the exotic sights and the sounds of Asia, and in his later years, they said, he added wider dimensions of historical scope and the perspective of his long experience.
The nations of Asia and Southeast Asia were, in Mr. Shaplen’s view, anything but the dominoes once posited by American policy makers, and much of his writing was intended to show that their politics were diverse, that their unique racial, religious, colonial and historical experiences were at least as varied as the nations of Europe. Born in Philadelphia
Robert Modell Shaplen was born in Philadelphia on March 22, 1917, the son of Joseph and Sonia Modell Shaplen. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1937 and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1938.
His father was a reporter for The New York Times from 1929 to 1946, and on his first job with The Herald Tribune, from 1937 to 1943, he sometimes found himself covering the same story as his father.
From 1943 to 1945, Mr. Shaplen was the Pacific war correspondent of Newsweek, and after the war he was the magazine’s Far East bureau chief for two years.
He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1947-48, worked for Fortune until 1950 and was an Asia correspondent for Collier’s and 15 newspapers until 1952, when he joined The New Yorker. ‘A Fierce Attachment’
Robert Gottlieb, the editor of The New Yorker, said yesterday that Mr. Shaplen had recently returned from a tour of Vietnam, Korea and Hong Kong and was preparing several articles. Mr. Shaplen went to China last year for the first time in many years and his article on that journey is scheduled for publication this summer in The New Yorker.
”He was a major figure at The New Yorker for three and a half decades,” Mr. Gottlieb said. ”He had a fierce attachment to the magazine and the magazine had a fierce attachment to him.”
”I think he did as much as any journalist of our generation to keep the public informed on Southeast Asia,” said E. J. Kahn Jr., another New Yorker writer.
Mr. Shaplen’s books included ”A Corner of the World” (1949), ”Kreuger: Genius and Swindler” (1960), ”The Lost Revolution” (1965), ”Time Out of Hand: Revolution and Reaction in Southeast Asia” (1969), ”The Road from War” (1971) and ”A Turning Wheel” (1979). He also wrote a novel, ”A Forest of Tigers” (1956).
He is survived by his wife, the former Jayjia Hsia; two sons, Peter, of San Francisco, and Jason, of Princeton, and a daughter, Kate, of Minneapolis.
The family said that the funeral would be private and that a memorial service would be held later.
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